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VCs worried over NYSC’s inability to mobilise graduates for service

By Kanayo Umeh, Abuja   |   14 October 2016   |   4:06 am
Director General of the National Youth Services Corp, Brigadier General Suleiman Zakari Kazaure

Director General of the National Youth Services Corp, Brigadier General Suleiman Zakari Kazaure

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors has raised concerns over the inability of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to mobilise all graduates eligible for the 2016 Batch ‘B’ this year.

Chairman of the committee, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, who disclosed this during a meeting with the NYSC management yesterday in Abuja, said the body was concerned about the likely implications of not mobilising all eligible corps members in Batch ‘B’. for the 2016 service year.

The meeting agreed that the universities would upload full list of all prospective corps members approved by their respective senates while the NYSC would take the most appropriate decision in processing them.

Discussions at the meeting also centred on the need for vice-chancellors to put in place internal mechanisms that would ensure credibility in the handling of mobilisation data by their institutions, including avoidance of submission of names of part-time graduates, as well as strict adherence to the approved carrying capacities of the schools.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, has said that proactive efforts were being made to ensure that all prospective corps members eligible for Batch ‘B’ were mobilised.

Kazaure stated this during a similar interface with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in his office yesterday in Abuja.

He, therefore, appealed to the students’ umbrella body to co-operate with the scheme in its genuine efforts to resolve all issues relating to hitch-free mobilisation of prospective corps members for Batch ‘B’.

The NANS president, Aruna Kadiri, said its leaders were in the NYSC headquarters to seek explanation on the earlier plan to get corps-producing institutions to submit partial lists of their eligible graduates and to discuss the way out the information to all their members.

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